Release Date: July 7, 2014
Incident Type: Suspicious Death Investigation
Contact Person: Patrick Whitney, Captain, Support Services Division (575) 763-9436
Clovis, NM – July 7, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a property manager advising she went to check on a residence for unpaid rent. The property manager said upon entering the house she found legs laying out of a bathroom doorway. As the property manager went to look closer she discovered a dead body in the bathroom. The property manager said she immediately left the house and called 911 for help. The residence is located at 413 North Sheldon Street in central Clovis.
Clovis Police Officers arrived on the scene to find a deceased Hispanic male laying on the bathroom floor. The death is suspicious due to the amount of blood found on the victim and the fact the house should have been vacant. The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit consisting of the District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Portales Police Department were activated to conduct this investigation. The death is being investigated as a homicide at this time. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator was notified and responded to the scene. The body has been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM for autopsy for determination of cause and manner of death.
The victim has been positively identified by evidence gathered at the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time until a next of kin can be notified of the death.
The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. As of the time of this release, there is no identified suspect at this time.
No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation. An update will be provided by press release on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 when new information may be released.